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Newcastle Lift-Off – Lauded For Magnificent Attacking Display

8:28 am, Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

Former Crawley Town, Leeds United and Rotherham manager Steve Evans thought that Newcastle United would not only win promotion from the Championship this season but also be the Champions, much like the last time we were in England’s second division back in 2009-2010.

And after that terrible shock of two successive league defeats at Fulham and at home to Huddersfield Town to start off our season, in the last six games in all competitions we have won all six, scored 17 goals and conceded only one.


Steve Evans – lauds Newcastle’s awesome display

We have five successive clean sheets too.

Steve Evans spoke to the Football League paper after it was some performance from an all-out attacking Newcastle team in London last night:

“At the start of the season, I said Newcastle United would be champions and, despite a poor start, they are now up and running in the Championship.”

“Those magnificent fans deserve nothing other than the Premier League – they will be back!”

“Aston Villa have also added some real quality players in the past few weeks.”

“It is certainly going to be top six for them.”

Newcastle set the standard last night in London and nothing less will be good enough.

As Rafa Benitez has said many times, the team has to concentrate on every single game with the aim of winning it.

Coming up are two games at home against Wolverhampton Wanderers and our lads must concentrate on those games and go all out for two wins.

There must be no let up.

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Spoof // Sep 14, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    I was praising Shelvey big style yesterday, I couldn’t have timed it better as he was the outstanding player amongst a bunch of out standing players, mind he was far from being the only out standing player, they all were, if we can continue winning and winning well have we have done for the last three against Brighton, Derby and now QPR we could find ourselves as being a team who our opponents look at and say we’ll pass on this one and move on to the next one, when opponents have that notion in their heads it makes it a lot easier than being in a position where they feel a major scalp could be had, but to achieve that we really do need to keep it up for a good few weeks.

  • 2 hibbit // Sep 14, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    is there anywhere we can watch the full game ??

  • 3 SuperShearer // Sep 14, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Shelvey bossed it last night. Almost every attack went through him. He looked fired-up. Hope this is a turning point for him as he’s clearly a quality player but we’ve probably seen less than five genuinely good performances from the lad since he joined.

  • 4 Rotonda heights // Sep 14, 2016 at 8:35 AM


    I didn’t say Rafa was a defensive manager. I said the result was one in the eye for those who do label him as such. I have seen plenty of Rafa teams play some great stuff like last night, even though it was truly extra special. I’ve re-played Shelvey’s second 50 times!!

  • 5 Veltman // Sep 14, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    I wanted Shelvey to get sold because thought he find it difficult but good for him to find some form and confidence.He indeed is a key player now along with Mbemba.Started to score some belters and creditable assists.If he stats injury free,we definitely see more magics from him.

  • 6 Phatoon // Sep 14, 2016 at 8:42 AM


    7 games in, I can already put down a viable starting 11 that have all scored in the league this season (apart from Sels obv).


  • 7 Ian Toon // Sep 14, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    Spoof- I commented earlier on what you had said- so much for the daft comment comparing him to Williamson.

    31Spoof // Sep 13, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Shelvey is my biggest fear, as we know we have a decent squad with at least two decent players for all positions, with Shelvey’s role (or the way he plays it) being the exception, sitting as an anchor man and carrying his weight defensively he then gets the ball looks up and moves us forward very quickly and moving the ball quickly is vital but without him do we have anyone else who can do a similar job, I don’t think we have so without him we may have to alter our tactics and that is where we could come a cropper, Shelvey for me is the only player we have who would give me concern if he wasn’t available as every other has someone who could cover to a high standard, but we don’t have that cover for Jonjo, to me he is our most vital player.

  • 8 Spoof // Sep 14, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    Rafa imho is a defensive manager but not necessarily a negative manager, what I mean is that he does build from the back, his main concentration is the defence and he does as we know like for 4-3-2-1 formation with two anchor men, now that is quite a defensive set up but where he differs from a negative manager which we saw last season with McClaren is that he will even with a strong defensive set up get them playing a high line and give the 3 AM and the striker the freedom to go and win the game, SM had 2 DM with both his wide men playing almost as deep as his FB’s, whereas Ritchie and Gouffran may help the defence where needed but it is clear that there priority is to win us the game, so for me he is a defensive manager but not a negative one and there is a huge difference between the two.

  • 9 Laurent Robert 32 // Sep 14, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    Great feeling to wake up in a morning and still be on a high about the previous day’s performance.

    A bit of tinkering keeps them fresh and raring to go for the next game. Keeps competition for places strong and players want to do well when they come in.

    I love this way of squad rotation if you have the tactical organisation to make sure everyone knows their own zonal role in the team.

    In a Rafa team, that’s what it’s based on. Brilliant.

  • 10 hibbit // Sep 14, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    it far easier to win games if you don’t concede clean sheets make a huge difference to the way we play

  • 11 Spoof // Sep 14, 2016 at 8:51 AM


    You should have had Mitro in goal lol.

  • 12 Ian Toon // Sep 14, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    It wasn’t Rotonda getting it wrong this time on Benitez- I remember reading this at the time and posting that the blogger couldn’t be more wrong.

    / 23AncientC // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:41 AM

    Benitez seems too negative is his tactics for me, it could be exactly what the side needs, but I don’t believe negative football is NUFC genomics.

  • 13 Markaccus // Sep 14, 2016 at 8:57 AM


    If you are refering to Jails reply to spoofs post, then it was clearly NOT comparing shelvey to williamson, it was simply stating that, for 5 years, we had no one who was the same type of defender that williamson was (tall, no nonsense lump of limited technique, who did the best he could). Now we have one out and out deep lying playmaker, and no one else in the squad is exactly the same as that. It is the same situation, but this time with a midfeilder rather than a defender. I understood it clearly enough. Haway, man. Don’t imediately try to re start the pointless bickering that goes on here. It’s childish

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